Voice-controlled virtual assistants such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri have changed the way many of us interact with phones, the web, and even our homes. Whether it’s searching for trivial information, reading bedtime stories, or dimging lights for movie time, these AI-driven assistants are trying to reduce the stress of life by eliminating the need for body movements, and we can direct them to do something.
Until today, however, Google Assistant didn’t offer that convenience on its own ground when it came to third-party apps on Android. Today, all this has changed, as it has finally learned how to incorporate all these applications into the camp and heed the call.
Google Assistant can already open the app, but this is the easiest way it can take you, and then let you use your fingers to explore the app. But starting today, it’s not just about taking you into the app, it’s really about searching the app right away, freeing up time for your hands to do anything. Just say something magical, like, “Hey, Google, search for candles on Etsy” and you’ll have fun shopping.
Even better, you can create command shortcuts for these commands. Voice commands shouldn’t be more inconvenient than tapping with your finger, so you can now create custom shortcut phrases to avoid tingly. Just say, “Hey, Google, tie it up” to tighten your Nike electric shoelaces, which are like a secret language that only you and your Google Assistant understand.
Google Assistant’s deep integration with Android apps supports common apps such as Twitter, Discord, Nike Adapt and Run Club, Discord, Spotify and even Wal-Mart. To put it this way, it’s still a very limited app, with only 30 top-of-the-line apps in the Google Play Store currently supporting it, but more app promises are coming soon. Hopefully, soon, Google Assistant will be able to meet your Android app needs and get you started, not on your phone.